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Video: Alex Bregman gives money to fast food workers for Christmas


Astros third baseman Alex Bregman is known for a lot of things, mostly baseball related. He was the Astros’ first-round draft pick in 2015, then helped the team win the 2017 World Series. He also won the MVP Award for the 2018 All-Star Game. But that’s all on the field.

Off the field, Bregman has a YouTube channel. He mostly has videos of his appearances on MLB Network and College GameDay, crashing a wedding, answering questions, as well as training sessions. Yesterday, which was Christmas, Bregman uploaded a video of him and some buddies driving around to different fast food restaurants. After pulling up to the drive-thru window, he asks the workers if they accept tips. If they say yes, he tips them $100. For the pièce de résistance, at the end of his video at a KFC, Bregman asks how many employees are working. The drive-thru worker says seven, so he hands over $700, $100 for each of them. Their reactions are priceless.

Bregman ended up giving away a total of $1,200. This isn’t the first time Bregman has given away his money. Last month, he tipped a waitress $500 after learning that someone had recently broken into her car.

It is, of course, quite generous of Bregman to give away some money, especially during the holiday season which can be tough for lots of people for various reasons, particularly financial. According to an article by Rachel Abrams and Robert Gebeloff of The New York Times published in May this year, the median hourly wage for a fast food worker is less than $11. At 40 hours per week, that’s under $23,000 per year before taxes. Knowing that, one can understand why Bregman got the reactions he did from the workers he tipped.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”